Eldest by Christopher Paolini

This is the second book in the Inheritance Cycle. I enjoyed Eragon (although I read it before I started doing book reviews) and figured it was worth picking up the next book in the series.

Published: 2005

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 668 pages

Setting: mostly with the elves of Alageasia, soon after the events of Eragon

Summary: Short version: Eragon trains before the big battle
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The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler

This book was brought to my attention on a blog post that provided a list of books set in bookstores. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book about books, so I decided to finally read it.

Published: 2013

Genre: fiction

Length: 334 pages

Setting: New York City, present day

Summary: Short version: Esme’s life doesn’t go quite as planned. Continue reading

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

I know Monday is usually a review of short fiction, but I’m in the middle of five different books right now (a read aloud with the kids, the audiobook we started and didn’t finish on our trip to the outskirts of Philly this weekend for a gymnastics meet, a book Mr. Curiosity and I are reading together for school, and two books for my pleasure because I couldn’t help starting the second one) and I just can’t manage to add another to the mix without my brain exploding. So, another book review it is.

For our last read aloud, Mr. Curiosity requested a science fiction book. I actually had a hard time coming up with something that was the right length (I like novella length so the book doesn’t take forever to finish) and something I wanted to read to the kids. After looking through a bunch of recommendations, I settled on this classic. It’s something I read in high school, but remember very little of (beyond things like “Ending is better than Mending”).

Published: 1932

Genre: science fiction

Length: 152 pages

Setting: near future London

Summary: Short version: In the future, we consume, not think. Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #36: It’s Been a While

It’s been a while since I’ve had a What I Will Be Reading post. Trying to homeschool on top of teaching a 70+ person class AND a lab (even if it only has 11 students in it) has been a bit too much for my brain. But, I don’t have much grading to do today so I thought I’d add some books to my reading list.

Let’s start with a couple of suggestions from The Modern Mrs. Darcy. Let’s face it, I could basically populate my reading list with books she writes about, but I’m going to try to branch out a bit.

Miss Adventure is nearly a teenager, which makes Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour highly appropriate. This book came from a post about books to help you navigate the tween and teen years. As an extra added bonus, it provides that elusive “U” for my Title Alphabet Challenge.

My second book from The Modern Mrs. Darcy is another nonfiction book. This time, though, it’s a book about books – my favorite. The book is called Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life by Annie Spence.

My next book is a suggestion from my mother-in-law. She reads quite a bit and besides having a stronger taste for mysteries than I do, has a similar taste in books. If she suggests a book, I’m likely to enjoy it. She’s suggested I read The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. A major thread of the story is about growing and picking tea. I’m a tea drinker, not a coffee drinker, so I think this will be interesting to read.

Finally, a science fiction book to round out my books for the day: Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty. I’m a long time fan of Mur, ever since she started her Heaven series (which is still available to listen to on Scribl for free). Six Wakes is her new novel and it is nominated for a Hugo Award this year. It’s a murder mystery in space. Who has killed the entire crew? The clones don’t know, since they’ve just been woken and everyone is dead.

So, any books look good to you? What else should I add to my book list?

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Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer

This is the Volume 2 of the Wires and Nerves graphic novels, part of the Lunar Chronicles series

Artist: Stephen Gilpin

Published: 2018

Genre: science fiction YA graphic novel

Length: 324 pages

Setting: Earth, soon after the events of Wires and Nerve (which I apparently never reviewed last year)

Summary: Short version: Alpha Steele gets his just desserts, eventually Continue reading

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Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan

This is the third book in the Memoir of Lady Trent series.

Published: 2015

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 348 pages

Setting: various locations within the Broken Sea, six years after the events of The Tropic of Serpents

Summary: Short version: Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle with dragons Continue reading

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The Gramadevi’s Lament by Sunil Patel

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: June, 2016 in Genius Loci: Tales of the Spirit of Place

Genre: fantasy short story

Length: 14 pages

Setting: Tuldara, a village in India, present day

Summary: The story is told from the point of view of Tuldara, a gramadevi, or spirit of the village. In the present day, she laments the death of all the village inhabitants. She thinks back to a time when Pooja, her favorite villager, was growing up in the village. Slowly, the reader comes to realize that the catastrophe that killed all the villagers was not caused by some outside force. Instead, Pooja got married and left the village. Grieving, Tuldara called for malarial mosquitoes, killing everyone and keeping their bodies from rotting.

Final thoughts: This story turned out creepier than I expected. You know something killed everyone in the village from the start of the story, but I assumed there was some kind of attack on the village. Oh no. Tuldara was just upset that her favorite villager was a girl who got married and left the village, as all the girls do. She couldn’t deal with the separation so everyone had to die. I’m not sure the supernatural protection is worth it when your goddess can wipe out everyone on a whim.

Title comes from: A gramadevi is the Hindu name of a guardian deity for villages or towns. This particular gramadevi is sad because Pooja left

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